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Archive for August, 2007

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On My Nightstand

Recently, I started reading an apologetic novel. It’s called A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’s Court. It’s the story of an orthodox Catholic family who, when faced with a terrible tragedy, goes to live with their evangelical, non-catholic, extended family for a time. As they live together, we watch them work through many of the common disagreements/misunderstandings non-catholics hold about Catholicism. The story is funny, interesting and thought provoking. It’s packed with apologetics yet is an easy read. I highly recommend it to anyone trying to understand Catholic beliefs.

So, what’s on your nightstand?

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A Time to Mourn

Precious Jude died late this afternoon. I can’t imagine the depth of the heartache his parents are experiencing tonight.  Continue to remember him and his parents to the Father…….and give your babies (regardless of how old they are) an extra kiss tonight. To God Be The Glory.

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Today (Thursday) is now 1 week since sweet, 2 year old, Jude fell into his grandparents’ pool and nearly died. Medically speaking, his odds are very poor. He needs a miracle. Would you join me, his parents, and many around the world who are offering up pleas to our Heavenly Father for Jude’s life? Here is his website: Jude. His parents are taking great comfort in the beautiful prayers and messages being written to them there if you feel so inclined.

 

Prayer of Saint Jude

(patron saint of the impossible)

Most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use I implore you, of that particular privilege given to you, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly – (for little Jude’s life) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. I promise, O blessed Saint Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.

 

 

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Please Pray Today….

For a little boy in our community who has been in intensive care since yesterday, fighting for his life after falling into a pool.  His parents, aunt, uncle, and grandparents are all people of great faith and are crying out to Jesus this morning for the life of this precious 2 year old.  Will you join with them?  His name is Jude.

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We’ve been caught up with living life lice around here. That’s not a typo. We really have been fighting a major lice infestation as much as I hate to admit it. I’d like to be able to tell you we got ourselves into this pesky predicament serving in a third world country or ministering in our local homeless shelter, but, alas, it was our vanity that precipitated this mess. We got it trying on hats at the Goodwill store. (Quick! Run! Right now before you read any further and tell your kids there is to be NO TRYING ON OF HATS AT THE GOODWILL STORE! Ever!!!)

Now I’m sure there are some reading this blog who are dealing with much more serious medical conditions and I don’t want to make light of that. But I don’t think there’s anyway you can appreciate how consuming lice fighting can be until you’ve experienced it. It is utterly exhausting and (although I’ll spare you the gory details) humbling. We have thought often of Corrie Ten Boom who chose to be thankful for the lice flea infestation in her barracks at the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. God used the lice fleas to keep the guards away while Corrie and her sister shared the Word of God with other prisoners.  (A friend alerted me that it was actually fleas in the prison barracks and not lice as I originally wrote.) While I’m not sure I can go so far as to thank God for these annoying pests, there are definitely some good things to be learned from an experience such as this.

For starters, there’s great family conversation time to be had whilst sitting around in the evenings “nit picking”. Secondly, when most of the house is quarantined and therefore off limits, including the rooms where the favorites toys are stored, you really have to get creative about how you use your time. Since lice don’t like books, board games or playing cards, we’ve had some really rousing games of Old Maid. 😉

Another thing I’ve gained from this experience is an appreciation for structured prayers. I tend to pray spontaneous prayers rather than structured prayers. In my exhaustion of dealing with our current circumstances, I have found myself with a heart full of sentiments but no words to express them. One recent morning, I sat myself in my favorite chair (off limits to the lousy crowd of which I’m NOT one) with my bible, Magnificat, and Handbook of Prayers.

If you’re not familiar with the Handbook of Prayers, it’s quite a handy little resource. It’s full of not only pages and pages of various prayers, but also includes the Order of the Mass, many wonderful devotions, and an excellent Examination of Conscience. (The link is just an example and not nearly as thorough as the one in the book.) It has been a great “how to” guide for me.

Here is one of the beautiful prayers I found in my Handbook…..

“O my God,

I love you above all things,

with my whole heart and soul,

because you are all-good and worth of all love.

I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.

I forgive all who have injured me

and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. “

and one more to close…..

“My Lord and my God:

into your hands I abandon the past and the present and the future,

what is small and what is great,

what amounts to a little and what amounts to a lot,

things temporal and things eternal.

Amen.”

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